The Role of Cytotoxic Drugs in the Surgical Management of Head and Neck Malignancies

Mr Peter Clifford delivered his Semon Lecture on the 2nd of November 1978 at the Royal Society of Medicine. He discusses the use of chemotherapy to treat head and neck cancers, noting that further surgery and radiotherapy will not improve results, but immunotherapy and chemotherapy are prudent areas of investigation. Clifford then moves on to … Continue reading “The Role of Cytotoxic Drugs in the Surgical Management of Head and Neck Malignancies”

Orbital Decompression for Progressive Exopthalmos

Professor Joseph H Ogura gave his Semon Lecture on the 3rd of November 1977 at the Royal Society of Medicine. During his lecture, he described the epidemiology, pathology, indications for surgical decompression, techniques and results and complications from experience of 220 cases of exophthalmos. Ogura also stresses the importance of cooperation between otolaryngologists, endocrinologists and … Continue reading “Orbital Decompression for Progressive Exopthalmos”

A Critical Analysis of the Techniques and Value of Neck Dissection

Professor Ettore Bocca gave his Semon Lecture in 1975. He describes very clearly the anatomy of the neck area, looking at the superficial and deep cervical fascia, and explores how this must be understood in order to successfully carry out functional neck dissection in those with laryngeal tumours. Bocca contrasts this method with radical neck … Continue reading “A Critical Analysis of the Techniques and Value of Neck Dissection”

A Critical Analysis of the Value of Classification in Laryngeal Cancer

Professor Sir Donald Frederick Norris Harrison delivered his Semon Lecture in 1974 at the Royal Society of Medicine. He spoke widely about the issue relating to the way in which laryngeal cancer was staged and how it wasn’t necessarily accurate as it took into account anatomical location more than the biological nature of the tumour. … Continue reading “A Critical Analysis of the Value of Classification in Laryngeal Cancer”

The Investigation and Management of Non-Neoplastic Disease Affecting the Salivary Glands

Professor Herman Diamant gave his Semon Lecture on the 1st of November 1973 at the Royal Society of Medicine. He outlines the anatomy and physiology of the glands and notes that non-cancerous lesions aren’t fatal, but cause the patient discomfort and distress. He also expresses that the use of electron microscopy has aided the study … Continue reading “The Investigation and Management of Non-Neoplastic Disease Affecting the Salivary Glands”

The Changing Pattern of Granulomas of the Upper Respiratory Tract

Professor Imrich Friedmann presented his Semon Lecture in 1970. In this, he outlines the ways in which advances in histological knowledge has aided otolaryngology. This is through techniques like electron microscopy and he displays this through looking at the cells of the upper respiratory tract and describing how the granulomas change in different diseases. Journal … Continue reading “The Changing Pattern of Granulomas of the Upper Respiratory Tract”